The Cross & the Pen: Still Holding Hands
- Monday, October 06, 2003
Eva: You remind me of a song I heard this morning. The words are: "It's a fixed fight, it'll be all right." Moving on, and I think this is an even more important question, Stacie. What did their story teach you about love and marriage?
Stacie: It taught me true love, true faith and true faithfulness. ...Amazing love!! Sometimes, Alzheimer's caused my grandpa to do terrible things! Violence, foul language, bad behaviors, etc. all appeared in my Papa Ray because of Alzheimer's. Yet Grandma still caressed his cheek lovingly, held his hand tenderly, spoke gently, complained infrequently, and prayed frequently. Their faith and love are an amazing testament to my amazing Lord!
Eva: And [what did you learn] about God?
Stacie: That God is with us even when our world is falling apart in front of our eyes. As in Psalm 134:6-8, He is there to comfort, love, strengthen, and guide us when our hearts are weakest, our bodies frailest, and our minds most confused... I saw and am seeing -firsthand- that Romans 8:28 demonstrated clearly in our lives: the Lord is using our hardest hurt to bring the greatest good by my/our sharing the Gospel!
Eva: You've been touring.
Eva: Tell us about what that's like, to retell their story in front of audiences, to sign books, to meet celebrities....
Stacie: It's been extremely exciting!! Retelling our story before audiences has been an almost surreal experience. I open my heart to them... I share a huge piece of my life with my audiences... I put out a tremendous amount of energy because I speak, act, read, and sing all in one program! Also, it is something very intimate to share... But, sometimes God calls us to do things which we never thought possible! In this case, the Lord has given me strength when I've needed it most!
Most of all, audiences continue to overflow with emotion. I have seen grown men cry. I have had many people cry on my shoulder. They thank me for what I am doing... I pray for them. The responses have been overwhelming for me! Such encouragement, kind words, prayers, etc. have poured forth from many people!
To sign books: I have met a lot of different people and learned unusual names in the process as I sign... It's exhausting but exhilarating, too!
To meet celebrities: WOW!! It has been so miraculous! The Lord has taught me a lesson about how every person in the public eye is a normal person whom Jesus loves just as much as He loves the "unknown." Jesus has taught me to be wary of being a "respecter of persons." (See Acts 10:34.) Each celebrity whom I have met has been humble, gracious, and kind! I admire them all in different, special ways. I thank God for them!
Eva: What's next for Stacie Stoelting?
Stacie: My ministry is dominating my time... But, I'm currently being thrust into a decision about making a CD of my singing for the Lord. People have been extremely encouraging about my singing and have requested CD's so that's been exciting! I love to sing and compose Christian songs (I wrote one about my struggle with losing Papa Ray to Alzheimer's and I hope to have it on the CD.) Also, I am in the midst of writing another book... Prayerfully, I hope that it will be as helpful as the first. College is also on my mind. Thanks for asking!
Eva: Stacie, I always ask my fellow authors to pray a short prayer with me. Would you pray for those who suffer from Alzheimer's and their loved ones?
Stacie: Dear Lord Jesus, today, right now, I ask You, Lord, to spread Your Word to the families now suffering! Please, open their hearts to You! Let them receive Your comfort, love, joy, and peace. And, Lord, please grant the caregivers strength. Father, in Jesus' name, I ask You to help all families who have suffered or are now suffering from Alzheimer's. If it is in Your will, please allow my ministry to be blessed and continue to help them. Please, Lord, if it is Your will, please provide a cure for Alzheimer's. Thank You for providing a cure for the human heart. Please, reveal Yourself to the hurting families and victims. I love You, Lord. Thank You for always being with us! I commit everything to You. In Jesus' name. Amen.
To learn more about Stacie, her ministry, her book or about the Alzheimer's Association go to: www.stillholdinghands.org.
Award-winning national speaker, Eva Marie Everson is the author of Shadow of Dreams, Summon the Shadows and the recently released and highly anticipated Shadows of Light. She can be contacted for comments or for speaking engagement bookings at www.EvaMarieEverson.com
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